Definition of Polaroid in English:


Line breaks: Po¦lar|oid
Pronunciation: /ˈpəʊlərɔɪd


  • 1 [mass noun] Material in thin plastic sheets that produces a high degree of plane polarization in light passing through it: [as modifier]: Polaroid sunglasses
  • 1.1 (Polaroids) Sunglasses with lenses made from Polaroid plastic: I lectured, pulling my Polaroids down to the end of my nose
  • 2A photograph taken with a Polaroid camera: she’s come to take more Polaroids
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    • The edge of a television screen can be seen and the Polaroid from the first photograph is subtly inserted in the rumpled sheets, implying that someone is underneath them.
    • ‘Get the pretty ones at the top,’ he says as he poses in the window of The Matchmaker pub for a photograph, the Polaroids spilling out from the pages of names and particulars.
    • Xavier Damon's work consists of Polaroids that are being enlarged to fairly large sizes.


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  • Relating to or denoting a type of camera with internal processing that produces a finished print rapidly after each exposure.
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    • I have a couple of what I think of as toy cameras, an Action Sampler bought super-cheap and seldom used, a Polaroid camera that prints little stickers.
    • During some downtime several years ago, he hit on the idea of jamming a Polaroid camera to see if it would produce a double exposure, superimposing two separate images overtop one another.
    • It came to me after I'd finished posting about my new Polaroid camera a while back, and was Googling for more info.


1930s: from polarize + -oid.

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